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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Pema Chodron on solitude

Tricycle, the Buddhist magazine, offers this excerpt by Pema Chodron from her 2005 book No Time to Lose. The excerpt is titled “Cutting Ties: The Fruits of Solitude.” The bylines tells all about the article: “Pema Chödrön walks us through Shantideva’s prescription for solitude, verse by verse.” Thanks to a friend of Hermitary for pointing […]

Gambia hermit

Short article on Brother Dismas, the first consecrated Catholic hermit in Gambia, West Africa. Brother Dismas lives alone but spends his day in social service to Gambians, living without utilities as many of them do. URL:

Hollywood hermits, 1930’s

In the heyday of Hollywood, California, in the 1920’s and 30’s, several hermits become well-known, among the many eccentrics profiled in a November 21, 1938 issue of LIFE magazine titled “Cuckooland.” Among these were Peter Howard, called “Peter the Hermit,” a Dr. Newman, and Harry Hermann, called “Herman the Hermit.” Peter Howard played bit parts […]